When the San Antonio Spurs draft a few things are certain – – They will draft a player with a boring name, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, George Hill, etc.
- They will take a foreign player you have never heard of, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter, etc.
- They very rarely draft a bust. In fact, in a time when most draft picks outside of the top 10 are role players and developmental projects, the Spurs have an uncanny ability to hit late on guys who become starters, i.e. Dejaun Blair, George Hill, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, etc.
All that being said, let’s take a look at the Spurs’ draft picks for 2010.
In keeping with drafting guys with boring names, the man you see above is James Anderson from Oklahoma State. The 6’6″ guard was the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year and led the conference in scoring with 22.3 points per game.
Anderson is a terrific shooter, which is something the Spurs desperately need. Last year their Achilles’ heal was reliable three point shooting, which seems odd because that used to be one of the team’s great strengths. Guys like Robert Horry, Bruce Bowen, and Roger Mason Jr., were always shooting daggers and were a big part of all of the Spurs recent title runs. Anderson is terrific shooting from the outside and should get more open looks in the pros than he did in college. He didn’t have Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan drawing attention and opening things up for him at Oklahoma State.
He may be going into the perfect situation. He is going to a good team and he’ll be asked to play the role at which he is best, spot shoot from the outside. And unless Roger Mason Jr. and Matt Bonner has some kind of unprecedented resurgence there should be plenty of minutes available for Anderson.
The only question is will Anderson be able to perform in the slowed down set offense that the Spurs run? He could have the same issues Richard Jefferson does where he wants to run in an offense designed around set plays. Because Anderson is a shooter, as opposed to Jefferson who likes to drive, he should be able to come off screens and spot up. Hopefully.
With their second round pick, the 49th overall, the Spurs took a 19-year-old Brit (and member of the boring name brigade), Ryan Richards. He is the on the left in the photo below.
I imagine hearing the Spurs drafted a 19-year-old seven-footer from Kent, England isn’t exactly causing a riot at the ticket office, but like I said, I’ve learned to trust the Spurs and their international scouts. England is not known has a hotbed of basketball talent, but this guy could be the real deal. According the the British newspaper The Daily Mirror, Richards was on the national U-15 and U-18 teams. In 2007 he was the youngest player ever at the Nike Hoops Summit, at age 15.
My only issue with him is that he kind of looks like Drake. Hopefully he can ball better than Drake can rap.
And finally, in 2007 draft news, the Spurs first round pick in ’07, Tiago Splitter, might finally suit up for San Antonio. After making huge money in Spain (about eight times more than he could have made with San Antonio), the Brazilian center is rumored to be signing with San Antonio for the upcoming season.
If these picks work out the Spurs could have a new version of the Twin Towers in a few years, albeit with an international flavor. I hope it happens, if for no other reason than a name like Tiago Splitter is just asking for cool nickname.
About the Author
Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.